Olympic gold medalist Kevin Hansen is no stranger to Corona del Mar’s campus. His retired jersey hangs in the gym, celebrating an incredible volleyball career that began at CdM, carried Hansen to Stanford University, and secured him a position on the National Volleyball Team.
But when he shared his story with CdM middle school students, he didn’t talk about his own strengths or talents; instead, he talked about God’s goodness and strength. Diagnosed with diabetes at a very young age, Hansen feared that his disease would inhibit his athletic career. But from early on, Hansen learned to trust God and rely on him. As Hansen trusted God to guide his life, God opened doors for him that he never would have imagined.
While playing in the Beijing Olympics, Hansen had the opportunity to lead his team to victory over the Chinese National Team. His gold medal serves as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and his promise to use our weaknesses to reveal his strength.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:28-31